20 days in Sumatra Itinerary

20 days in Sumatra Itinerary

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Fly
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Medan
— 2 nights
Train to Binjai, Taxi to Bukit Lawang
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Bukit Lawang
— 3 nights
Drive
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Berastagi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Parapat
— 2 nights
Drive
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Maninjau
Drive
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Bukittinggi
— 1 night
Drive
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Padang
— 6 nights
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Medan

— 2 nights
The capital of North Sumatra, Medan earned the nickname "Paris of Sumatra" during Dutch colonial times due to its marked resemblance to the French city.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gunung Timur Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Maha Vihara Maitreya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Berhala Island, stroll through Asam Kumbang Crocodile Farm, and then see the interesting displays at Upside Down World.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Medan trip itinerary planner.

Bucharest, Romania to Medan is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Bucharest to Medan due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bucharest in August since evenings lows in Medan dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Bukit Lawang.

Things to do in Medan

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Bukit Lawang

— 3 nights
Tucked away in Northern Sumatra, the small charming village of Bukit Lawang is best known for its World Heritage-listed Sumatran orangutan sanctuary, and also serves as a convenient base for accessing the surrounding jungle and national park.
Visiting Bukit Lawang Jungle and The Bohorok Orangutan Centre at Bukit Lawang will get you outdoors.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bukit Lawang online visit planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Medan to Bukit Lawang in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. You'll set off for Berastagi on the 8th (Sat).

Things to do in Bukit Lawang

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Berastagi

— 2 nights

City of Passion Fruit

Berastagi’s volcanic hillsides and rural beauty has historically made this Northern Sumatran town an appealing option for colonizers and settlers.
You've now added Mount Sibayak to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Spring Pesona Sibayak View, then get impressive views of Mount Sibayak, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Two Colors Sibolangit Waterfall. On the next day, get impressive views of Mount Sinabung, then visit Dokan Cultural Village, and then contemplate the long history of Dokan Batak Village.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Berastagi trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Bukit Lawang to Berastagi in 4.5 hours. August in Berastagi sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Parapat.

Things to do in Berastagi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Parapat

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Panatapan Parapat and then head outdoors with Taman Eden 100. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Indah Simarjarunjung Hill.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Parapat travel planner.

Drive from Berastagi to Parapat in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Maninjau.

Things to do in Parapat

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Maninjau

On the 13th (Thu), take a memorable drive along Kelok 44.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Maninjau route planner.

You can drive from Parapat to Maninjau in 14 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bukittinggi.

Things to do in Maninjau

Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Bukittinggi

— 1 night

London of Sumatra

With a population of over 117,000 spread out over an area of 25 sq km (9.7 sq mi), Bukittinggi represents one of the largest cities in Western Sumatra.
You've now added Mount Marapi (Gunung Marapi) to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate the geological forces at Mount Marapi (Gunung Marapi), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Raya Bukittinggi, and then explore the striking landscape of Kerinci Seblat National Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bukittinggi trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Maninjau to Bukittinggi takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Bukittinggi are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Padang.

Things to do in Bukittinggi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Padang

— 6 nights

Porch of Medina

The largest city on the western coast of Sumatra, Padang enjoys a reputation as one of Indonesia's cleanest and greenest cities despite its hub of residential and commercial activity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Suwarnadwipa Beach and Pemandian Tirta Alami. Get some cultural insight at Grand Mosque of West Sumatra and Minangkabau Documentation and Cultural Information Center. There's still lots to do: get outside with Lubuk Nyarai, head off the coast to Mandeh Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pantai Carolina Bungus (Carolina Beach), and kick back and relax at Muaro Lasak Beach.

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Traveling by car from Bukittinggi to Padang takes 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Padang are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Padang

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Sumatra travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Sumatra, the largest island wholly in Indonesia, embraces wildness to the point that the region is steeped in myths and legends. Jungles here teem with orangutans, tigers, rhinos, and elephants, while smoldering volcanoes create an otherworldly environment. In the towns, cultural landmarks of religious and historical importance sit alongside new feats of impressive engineering, entertainment attractions, and tourist-focused shopping districts.